NEWS - 20th to 26th OCTOBER 2003
Harlin's rum box office flop Cutthroat Island is a guilty pleasure
for many film fans, who will be thrilled to hear that a new DVD version is
to be released on December the 1st by Momentum Pictures.
The new version
will have a commentary track (by Harlin); Making of... and Behind
The Scenes featurettes; interviews with Harlin and stars Geena Davis,
Matthew Modine and Frank Langella; storyboards and a trailer. The disc
will also boast an anamorphic transfer (the Region 1 version is
widescreen, but not anamorphic), and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. RRP will be
have confirmed that the new DVD will feature the same BBFC-censored
version of the film (cut by more than a minute) that features on the
current VHS release. Momentum were forced to cut the DVD version to match
the tape because BBFC regulations do not allow for two versions of a film
to be available simultaneously (except in the case of films clearly
labeled as "Director's Cut", or something similar). The Region 1
version is, of course, uncut.
Australian organised crime comedy Dirty Deeds, which stars John
Goodman, Bryan Brown and Sam Neill, is being released by Momentum Pictures
on January 26th, with an RRP of £17.99. The disc will contain three
commentary tracks (one by Writer / Director David Caeser, another by
Director of Photography Geoffrey Hall and a third by music composer Paul
Healy), a behind the scenes featurette, Get Dirty, a Behind The
Music featurette, outtakes and a photo' gallery. Technical spec's have
not been released, but it should be a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer.
are the sleeves for the two Momentum discs:
a bit of luck and a fair wind Dreamworks' high seas animated adventure Sinbad
- Legend of the Seven Seas will get a bit of a boost in the wake of
the enormous success of Pirates of the Caribbean. The film, which
features the vocal talents of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle
Pfeiffer and Joseph Fiennes, will be released on DVD on November the 17th,
with an RRP of £19.99.
disc will feature a treasure trove of bonus material, including a
commentary track by directors Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson and other
filmmakers, Cyclops Island (an interactive adventure featuring a
choice of five characters, 6m), a Making of... documentary (11m), a
featurette about Sinbad's dog, Spike (3m), an art gallery, 50Mb of DVD-Rom
games (including printable books and masks), and three set top games. The
disc will also feature a teaser trailer for Mike Myers' movie version of
Dr. Seuss' Cat In The Hat.
disc will have DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound options, and will be presented
in anamorphic 1.85:1 ratio.
Playback continue to thwart fans of American Gothic with four new
TV releases, which will be released on November the 24th, each with an RRP
Best of Knight Rider is a
two-disc set that contains six episodes (four of which are being made on
DVD for the first time - which beggars the question why re-release the
other two?) The episodes are Trust Doesn't Rust, Knight of the
Phoenix parts one and two, Soul Survivor, Knightmares and
A Good Knight's Work.
separate volumes of The Incredible Hulk "revealing how the
legend began" will also be released on November the 24th. Make as
much sense of this as you can: there are "three episodes on each
release plus two new episodes to DVD on Volume 1 and three new
episodes to DVD on Volume 2". That seems to indicate that the
two discs will contain eight episodes in total.
Best of the Ultimate A Team
(eh?) will include six episodes, not previously released on DVD: Mexican
Slayride parts one and two, The Taxicab Wars. The Maltese
Cow and Leave With an Option To Die. (Yes, I know that's
only five episodes - that's all that was on the press release!)
Trek V - The Final Frontier will be released by Paramount on December
the 22nd as a two-disc set containing more than five hours of bonus
materials. The set, which has an RRP of £24.99, features a commentary
track by William Shatner, who both starred in the film and directed it,
featurettes (including a behind the scenes documentary featuring Leonard
Nimoy, Scenic Artist Michael Okuda and executive Producer Ralph Winter),
deleted scenes and exclusive interviews. The disc also contains a hidden
gag reel, featuring Winter, Producer Harve Bennett and Screenwriter David
Loughery interacting with one of the scenes from the film.
imminent Star Trek releases include the impressive Borg Mega
Cube (which contains the complete Star Trek - The Next Generation,
in a limited edition of a thousand copies, with an RRP of £449), on
November the 3rd. Star Trek - Deep Space Nine Season 6 is due on
December the 1st, and, Deep Space Nine Season 7 is released on the
22nd of December, completing the series.
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